Death toll from Spain attacks rises to 16

The attacks in and around Barcelona last week has led rival Spanish and Catalan politicians to show solidarity.

During Friday prayers, Housam Khoja spoke in Arabic and Spanish so that everybody could understand his condemnation.

The attack was claimed by the Islamic State terror group. "I am not a terrorist", and "Islam is peace".

Spain had nearly 2 million Muslim residents at the end of previous year, a lot of them Spaniards.

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Spain will also propose new measures to improve European Union coordination in fighting terrorism during a summit in Paris next week with leaders from Germany, Italy and France, Rajoy said. He gave no details of the proposals he will make. The men were shot dead by police.

The demonstration follows last week's vehicle attacks that left more than a dozen people dead and hundreds injured.

The attacks traumatised the region, Catalonia, six weeks before an outlawed referendum on independence from Spain.

Demonstrators for peace gather in Barcelona.

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Upon their arrival, Felipe VI and the head of the government Mariano Rajoy, however, have had to try of boos and whistles, repeated elsewhere in the procession when they appeared on a giant screen.

Following a week dominated by the response to the deadly attacks in and near Barcelona, Colau told reporters she wanted the "streets of Barcelona to be overflown by people".

A woman places roses on the vehicle of Catalan regional policemen, known as Mossos d'Esquadra, in Barcelona on August 26, during a march against terrorism which slogan is #NoTincPor (I'm Not Afraid). There was a similar attack in Cambrils, leading to the deaths of 15 people and more than 100 injured.

Catalan lawmakers have unanimously condemned last week's attacks in and around Barcelona, holding a minute of silence at a special meeting of the regional parliament. "This accolade symbolizes the defeat of those who have done us wrong", had commented the mayor of Barcelona Ada Colau.

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Spain's central, regional and local authorities tried to send an image of unity on Saturday by walking behind emergency workers, taxi drivers, police and ordinary citizens who helped immediately after the attack on August 17 in Barcelona's Las Ramblas Boulevard.

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